Wildlife conservation important, say children

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 August, 2006, 12:00am

A survey of 500 children aged between six and 14 by the National Geographic Society revealed that 84 per cent of local children felt wildlife conservation was important and 67 per cent enjoyed reading news stories about animals.

Sixty per cent of young respondents to the survey chose the Chinese white dolphin as the most endangered species here.

A surprising 17 per cent chose the saltwater crocodile. They put it ahead of the Romer's tree frog, the black-faced spoonbill and coral reefs.

There has only been one documented saltwater crocodile in Hong Kong, which is believed to have been freed by its owner. It was caught and named Pui Pui, and now resides in an enclosure at the Wetland Park.

Asked what they believed Pui Pui needed most, 43 per cent cited family, 20 per cent said freedom, while 37 per cent thought she should have some friends.